Mobile Computers

Mobile computing involves interaction between the user and a small, portable computer device that can be used on site or in the field. The main aspects that comprise a mobile computer are: hardware, software, operating system and communication/wireless service provision. Modern mobile computers also often feature a raft of features; including camera, barcode scanner, phone and Internet access. This coming together of what have historically been features available on separate devices, is often referred to as Convergence.

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Mismanaged mobile technology is costing retailers - it’s time for a change

Mismanaged mobile technology is costing retailers - it’s time for a change

By Gary Lee, Chief Revenue Officer at the mobility specialists, B2M Solutions.

Retail workers today depend on mobile devices. Whether to scan barcodes for inventory management, or more sophisticated uses of mobility including mobile point-of-sale (POS) system, mobile returns, and endless-aisle applications, front line retail workers as well as warehouse personnel need their mobile devices to be fully operational at all times.

Connexas Group rebrands alcohol interlock system to Breathalock

Connexas Group rebrands alcohol interlock system to Breathalock

Connexas Group, provider of technology-enabled, fleet management and mobile worker solutions, has re-named and re-branded its alcohol interlock system to Breathalock.

Half of British professionals state technology hinders work-life balance

Half of British professionals state technology hinders work-life balance

Some 80% of employees hoped that tech-enabled remote working capabilities would give them better work-life balance.

Star Micronics launches SteadyLAN for iOS to provide reliable network access for iPad POS

Star Micronics launches SteadyLAN for iOS to provide  reliable network access for iPad POS

Star Micronics, the manufacturer of mobile, point of sale (POS), and customer engagement technologies, as introduced SteadyLAN, claimed to be an industry-first solution designed to provide power and network access to iPad POS through one Lightning cable connection.

Technology integration: The vital centrepiece at the heart of great customer engagement

Technology integration: The vital centrepiece at the heart of great customer engagement

With retail no longer limited to the sales floor, retailers recognise that each interaction is now much more than a transaction. The traditional checkout remains important, of course, but customers expect fast, easy, personalised service – regardless of location, device or platform – at every touchpoint.

Transformative PopGrips from PopSockets now available in Carphone Warehouse UK

Transformative PopGrips from PopSockets now available in Carphone Warehouse UK

PopGrips from PopSockets are now available in Carphone Warehouse stores nationwide across the UK and also online at CarphoneWarehouse.com. PopGrips have quickly become a global phenomenon and are favoured by a host of celebrities and royalty around the world - often appearing in Insta stories on the back of smartphones showing off their stunning designs and uniqueness.

Smartphones and the circular economy

Smartphones and the circular economy

What do you do with your old smartphone when you no longer need it? Chances are, you keep it.

According to a survey conducted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 45 per cent of UK households have two to five unused electronic devices at home. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses smartphones and the circular economy.

More than two-thirds of consumers believe mobile technology delivers a better shopping experience, new report finds

More than two-thirds of consumers believe mobile technology delivers a better shopping experience, new report finds

A new State of Mobility in Retail Report by SOTI Inc., provider of mobile and IoT management solutions, reveals that 67.3% of consumers perceive mobile technology as the most effective way to provide a faster shopping experience.

Janam unveils rugged tablet

Janam unveils rugged tablet

Janam Technologies, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that capture data and communicate wirelessly, has introduced what it describes as the most powerful and advanced 8-inch rugged tablet. 

CounterPath chosen by Honeywell to create Unified Communications (UC) Solution for mobile devices and handheld scanners

CounterPath chosen by Honeywell to create Unified Communications (UC) Solution for mobile devices and handheld scanners

CounterPath Corporation, a global provider of Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) solutions for enterprises and service providers, has partnered with Honeywell to create Smart Talk -- a new Unified Communications (UC) software solution that enables organizations to streamline communications, increase productivity, and enhance customer experiences by allowing mobile workers to connect and collaborate on the devices they already use in their daily operations.

Mobile computing

 

Today with the proliferation of a new generation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PDAs, the emphasis is increasingly shifting to mobile and multi-device user experience, mobile social computing, next generation mobile solutions, mobile cloud services and infrastructure. Information that is readily available on a personal device anywhere, anytime has been the driving vision of mobile computing for the past two decades.

 

Mobile computing has three aspects: mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. The first aspect addresses communication issues in ad-hoc and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. The second aspect is on the hardware, e.g., mobile devices or device components. The third aspect deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

 

Rugged Mobile devices and PDAs are used in field service and workforce management applications. They are particularly useful for field service engineers recording work in the field, communicating information back to an office environment -sending and receiving invoices, ordering parts. They are commonly used in parcel delivery with couriers using these devices to scan barcodes and record signatures as proof of delivery.

 

Innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient portable hardware and adaptive software, has enabled a massive growth in the use of these devises for businesses across the enterprise or for personal and social use. These devices are now so versatile that employees are using smartphones for business applications (BYOD –Bring Your Own Device)

 

This phrase has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

 

BYOD Security - Employees using personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, pose a security risk. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

 

Email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their smartphones and tablets. Hot spot access points for Wi-Fi connection are becoming more prevalent and widespread, even in London`s underground network.

 

Cloud computing is evolving as a new paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. The confluence of hardware virtualization, cloud and mobile computing drives the new era of mobile cloud computing. Platforms such as android, iOS, Windows 7 erodes the power of computing platforms like Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS and is creating cross platform app centric environment in which end-users and in particular the consumer marketplace will drive developments in business computing. There are endless possibilities that can be brought about with the mobile cloud in the near future.

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